Thursday, June 02, 2011

Do I have Good Taste, Or What?

Tor took a reader poll of the best sci fi and fantasy books of the past decade, and it stokes the fires of my PLR.  Let's take a look at the list.

  1. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi - 295 votes
  2. American Gods by Neil Gaiman - 270 votes
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - 231 votes
  4. Blindsight by Peter Watts - 221 votes
  5. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey - 194 votes
  6. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin - 179 votes
  7. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke - 167 votes
  8. Anathem by Neal Stephenson - 141 votes
  9. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson - 125 votes
  10. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville - 124 votes
So let's see.  Of these ten books, three are in my pile to read as soon as humanly possible.  Two others are later books in series whose beginnings are in the same pile, meaning fully half are represented by my official declaration of AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 

But there's more Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is around here somewhere; I loved Clarke's book of stories set in the same world.  I picked up a book by Brandon Sanderson, because Patrick Rothfuss loves him so puppy-doggishly.  Elantris, I think it's called.  So really, on this list of ten books, only three are not in some way present in my house and waiting eagerly for my attention.  There are only three books here whose representatives I don't own.  This strokes my ego, proving that I have Good Taste In Literature, Or At Least In Novels.

I'll also point out that pretty much all of these books--Anathem, Jonathan Strange, Wise Man's Fear, Kushiel's Dart, A Game of Thrones, even American Gods--are godawful long.  We're talking a couple inches thick, minimum.  Wise Man's Fear is also printed on thin, heavy paper, and weighs twice what you expect just looking at it.

I have my summer cut out for me.

1 comment:

Brenda Pike said...

Wow—Old Man's War got 295 votes and I've never even *heard* of it. So it's going on the Kindle, along with Blindsight, Anathem, and Perdido Street Station.

The rest are some of my favorite fantasy books, except for Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.

But Lois McMaster Bujold doesn't show up until #17? Really? And even then it's one of the stand-alone books, not one of the Miles series. This tells me that I'm not evangelizing for her enough.